About French Bulldogs
Frogdogs can fill your heart
According to the American Kennel Club standard for the French Bulldog: 'Often described as "a clown in the cloak of a philosopher," the French Bulldog originated as, and continues to be used as a companion dog. The breed is small and muscular with heavy bone structure, a smooth coat, a short face and trademark "bat" ears. Prized for their affectionate natures and even dispositions, they are generally active and alert, but not unduly boisterous. Frenchies can be brindle, fawn, white, and brindle and white.
'Lacemakers in 19th Century Nottingham, England selectively bred the early bulldog for a downsized or "toy" bulldog, for use as a lap pet. When the Industrial Revolution displaced some lacemakers to France, they took the dogs with them, and soon the "toy" bulldogs became popular in France, where wealthy Americans doing the Grand Tour saw and fell in love with them. In the late 1800s these "toy bulldogs" became known as French Bulldogs.
'Frenchies are indoor dogs, but require air conditioning in warm weather. While good at alerting their owners to danger (Look! The UPS Guy is coming!), their main role is that of lap warmer. The Frenchie requires minimal exercise and grooming."
French Bulldog information and resources
- French Bull Dog Club of America
AKC parent breed club for the French Bulldog, includes a breeder directory, information on the French Bulldog National Specialty show, information on regional French Bulldog clubs
- French Bulldog Rescue Network
The French Bulldog Rescue Network is an independent, North American rescue organization, not affiliated with any AKC breed clubs. Our purpose is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome Frenchies in need.
- French Bulldog Village - French Bull Dog Rescue, Adoption & Placement
The mission of the Karen Krings Memorial Fund and of the French Bulldog Village is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome French Bulldogs and French Bulldog mixes, to provide financial assistance and support services to rescue groups and private rescuers
- Chicago French Bulldog Rescue. Say Oui To Me!
Chicago French Bulldog Rescue (CFBR) was launched to protect French Bulldogs from neglect, abuse, loss of family and theft. We rescue them from animal shelters and puppy mills. We help families and individuals that can no longer care for their Frenc
- French Bulldog Meetup Groups - Meetup
Helps groups of people with shared interests plan meetings and form offline clubs in local communities around the world about French Bulldog
- Shop for Great Stuff for French Bulldogs - Golly Gear
French Bulldogs have a unique shape and unique requirements. GollyGear.com can help you find the things your French Bulldog needs.
Me and my Frenchies
Beware the perils of popularity
If you've been charmed by the smush-faced Frenchies prevalent in today's media, you may be on the hunt for one of your very own.
Please be careful! As any breed of dog becomes popular, there are unscrupulous people waiting to take advantage. The best way to get a French Bulldog puppy is either through one of the rescue groups specific to Frenchies, or through a reputable breeder. The French Bulldog Club of America has references for every state - take advantage of the resources available.
French Bulldogs can have many health and training issues. They are notorious for snorting, farting, wheezing, and sensitivity to heat and humidity. The breed is considered a "dwarfed" breed, and can also have back and neck issues. In reading descriptions of the Frenchies surrendered to rescue groups, you'll also find numerous mentions of "does not get along with other dogs."
Many of these red-flag-warnings are the results of poorly-bred dogs, products of puppy mills both in the United States and abroad. Be wary of internet dog sellers - almost all are puppy mill outlets, camouflaged by slick packaging. These puppy millers are interested only in making a profit - they don't care about the health of the dogs, or the suitability of the dog for you and your family.
I often hear people say that they resent the "third degree" - all the questions they must answer or extensive applications they must complete to be considered by a reputable breeder. But good breeders never make any money - they want to produce the healthiest, soundest dogs of their breeds and find the best possible homes for them. Frenchies in particular have very small litters and are notoriously fragile puppies.
There's an old joke among breeders:
"Want to make a small fortune breeding Frenchies?"
"Start with a large fortune...."
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